5 High-End Tile Manufacturers For A Luxury Home Remodel

Top Manufacturers Of High-End Tile For Your Dallas Home Remodel

Whether it’s in the kitchen, the bathroom, around the fireplace, or in the pool, tile is a vital part of many home remodels. Luxury tile can give your home a unique look whether it’s as a focal point in the kitchen backsplash, your shower surround, or entryway hall. At Joseph & Berry, we work with some of the top tile manufacturers in the industry.

Our clients demand the very best, highest quality materials in their homes and we’ve worked hard to find the best suppliers for our work. Here are five designers and companies creating an incredibly beautiful luxury tile that can be the perfect upscale material for your next home remodel.

 

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Ann Sacks

Based in Portland, Oregon the Ann Sacks factory has been producing incredible ceramic, glass, porcelain and stone tile designs for over 30 years. From prestigious guest designers to their in-house staff of designers, craftspeople, artisans, ceramicists, engineers and manufacturing technicians, the Ann Sacks family is dedicated to producing the highest quality materials for your home.

Ann Sacks in-house collections is comprised of unique patterns, textures, and shapes and features over 150 matte, glossy, and crackle glazes to offer a unique line of tile you’ll find nowhere else! Meticulously hand-crafted using time-honored techniques and the latest modern technology. You can custom color or size tiles to meet your specific home remodel needs.

Susan Jablon

Since its founding in 2000 in upstate New York, Susan Jablon Studio has been recognized for their innovative tile designs. They offer contemporary, inventive tile motifs in stunning colors and designs. Each individually customized for every project. Adding an exclusive Susan Jablon tile design to your home remodel is a great way to personalize your home. Every design they create is exclusive to each customer making your project unique.

Our designers love a tool that Susan developed called the Custom Mosaic Designer. It allows us to custom create tile based on our clients specific creative and aesthetic vision. It’s an online tool with 1000’s of tiles in over 50 different layouts. Using it we can create custom designs unique to our clients.

Waterworks

Founded in 1925 as a plumbing supply company in Danbury, Connecticut, Waterworks has been in the same family since it’s founding. For three generations the company has grown from offering the finest quality mechanical offerings available in 1925, to an industry leading full-service firm featuring unique products for the home.

Their Surfaces Collection are some of the finest materials in their class. With beautiful custom tiles available in ceramic, glass, stone, concrete, wood and porcelain they offer homeowners a wide selection of the finest quality tiles in a wide range of shapes, colors, sizes and materials. Waterworks tile is a luxurious addition to any home remodel project.

Modwalls Tile Company

If you are seeking a mid-century and the modern design aesthetic for your home remodel, Modwalls creates a colorful exciting tile to meet your needs. One of the first online tile stores founded in 2005 and based in California, they create the highest quality modern tile that’s perfect for any room in your home. They offer customization of color and size for many of their collections so you can get exactly the look you want.

Modwalls offers tile in a wide range of materials including glass, ceramic, limestone, porcelain, recycled glass and soapstone designed to fit any décor. Whether your home remodel project is in the kitchen, bath, or outdoors, Modwalls offers a great selection of tile to fit any space inside or outside your home!

Walker Zanger

Walker Zanger offer products of only the highest-quality, made by skilled artisans and crafted to offer a lifetime of value and pleasure. They work with some of the finest craftsmen from around the world in places from Europe, and the Central Mexican Highlands to Tunisian. They take their inspiration from historic architecture traditional art forms, and the decorative arts to create tile of stunning beauty from only the finest materials.

Walker Zenger collections include tiles made from ceramic and terracotta, porcelain, cement, glass, and stone. If you’re looking for the perfect decorative element for your home remodel, Walker Zanger offers a wide selection of decorative stone and stone mosaic to add the touch of luxury and elegance that only natural stone can bring to your home.

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If you’re planning a high-end remodeling project and you’re looking for a way to add an elegant and luxurious design element, consider the many choices of tile available. These five artists and manufacturers offer the highest quality materials, created by award-winning artisans and manufactured using old school techniques and state of the art technology.

At Joseph & Berry our designers work with clients who demand the very best. We have established working relationships with the finest manufacturers of all types. If you’re planning a home remodel project and are looking for the highest quality craftsmanship and the finest materials and products available, give us a call  at 800-371-8970 or simply submit the form. Let our designers help you to create your dream home.

Adding a Gas Fireplace To Your Master Suite Remodeling Project

A Master Suite Remodel With a Gas Fireplace

Nothing is quite as romantic as a roaring fire on a cold winter night. Imagine the luxury of falling asleep to a warm comfortable fire every night in your master bedroom. If you’re planning a master suite remodeling project, adding a gas fireplace will enhance the design of the space and create a romantic inviting atmosphere.

Today’s gas fireplace technology has improved from the days of static, anemic blue flames and fake looking logs. Modern gas fireplaces burn more realistically, complete with glowing red embers and tall yellow flames that dance around realistic ceramic- fiber logs that are molded using the real thing.

A gas fireplace requires no tending, needs the occasional dusting, can act as a heat source for the bedroom, and turns on and off at the touch of a button. Nothing is easier to use, more convenient, or more energy efficient than a modern gas fireplace.

Adding a fireplace to your master suite remodeling project is a fairly simple process, although you will need to make sure that any fixture you choose meets your local building codes. If you’re looking for a fireplace for a bedroom, you’ll need to focus your search on direct-vent models as most localities do not allow unvented gas fireplaces in the bedroom.

Three Types of Gas Fireplaces For Your Master Suite Remodeling Project

There are three basic configurations of gas fireplaces. All are available as either vented, or vent-free versions, they are:

  • Inserts, which are used to retrofit existing fireboxes with a unit that is more convenient and efficient.
  • Built-Ins, which are used when there is no existing fireplace in the bedroom.
  • Log Sets, which are basically units that sit in existing, open, fireplaces.

Inserts and built-ins are reliable heat sources that fill your space with a mix of warm air and radiant heat. Log sets are generally used more for their look than for heating. In order to be used in a master suite remodel, any unit you choose must vent the fumes to the outside of your home.

This is critical when choosing your gas fireplace. According to Section 303.3 of the International Fuel Gas Code, homeowners are prohibited from using a model that gets its combustion air from the bedroom. So unvented fireplaces and natural-vent gas fireplaces or wood burning fireplaces with gas logs are typically prohibited. Some local codes actually require the manual to clearly state that the unit is “bedroom approved.”

Building codes and regulations can vary widely. For example, in some states, unvented gas fireplaces are allowed in a bedroom, as long as they are under 10,000 BTUs. Most localities, however, do not allow unvented gas fireplaces in a bedroom, period. Your design build remodeling contractor can supply more information on your local codes.

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Considerations For Adding A Gas Fireplace to Your Master Suite Remodeling Project

There are some considerations if you’re planning on adding a gas fireplace to your master suite remodeling project. As just explained, any fireplace used in a bedroom needs to be a vented unit. Fuel, cost, BTUs, and maintenance are all valid concerns, so here are some facts:

• What do They Cost?

For a heat producing fireplace insert or built-in fireplace, you can expect to pay anywhere from about $2000 to $7000 or more for the unit including installation. This does not include a decorative work like a mantle, tile surround , unique stone surround etc. Costs can vary depending on the scope of work required to properly vent your fireplace.

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• Fuel Choices

Gas fireplaces are available that burn both natural gas and propane. Natural gas is generally less expensive and produces about five percent more heat. When natural gas isn’t available, choose propane.

• Venting Options

There are two venting options available for use in a master suite bedroom.

Natural venting or B vent is used if you have an existing wood burning fireplace with a chimney in the space. A flexible metal pipe is installed in the chimney which exhausts the combustion by-products and the room air out of the house.

Direct Venting draws in outside air for combustion, then expels the spent air back outside through a dual (co-linear) venting system which eliminates the heat loss associated with a conventional chimney. The vent line can be run through the roof, or out the side or back of the house. Direct vent units must have a sealed glass door to maintain proper combustion and proper indoor air quality.

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• Care and Maintenance

Expect to pay about $150 annually for a certified technician to come and clean the unit and adjust the burner to keep your fireplace soot free and natural looking.

• BTUs

The heat output of gas fireplaces varies depending on the type and any additional options like a blower fan to distribute heat. Your contractor can help you size the BTU output to match your room size, local climate, and your home’s insulation level.

Along with these basic features, seek out a fireplace that offers you options like a variable height adjustment, thermostatic control, electronic ignition with a battery backup – you’ll love this feature when the power is out. If your unit is meant to act as a primary or secondary heat source make sure it has a built-in fan.

At Joseph & Berry, we can help you to choose the perfect fireplace for your master suite remodeling project. Gas fireplaces are available in a number of sizes, various BTU outputs, and every style from Victorian to ultra-modern. Our design team can incorporate the perfect fireplace to match your aesthetic taste and style.

If you want to learn more about a Master Suite Remodeling in Dallas, call us today through (800) 371-8970 or schedule an appointment and speak with one of our qualified professionals

 

 

 

Increasing Kitchen Space When Remodeling – Kitchen Expansion

Kitchen Expansion Ideas For Increasing Space

You probably loved your house when you first found it. It had great space, a beautiful master suite, and a great kitchen. Fast forward a few years and things have changed. You have kids, maybe the in-laws have moved into your home, suddenly, your great kitchen feels small or less functional. Sure you can add space by building an addition if you have the room and the budget, but building a new addition isn’t always feasible. That’s why it’s a good idea to be aware of some less costly alternatives. After all, the money you save by not building a full addition can go into upgrades in lighting, cabinets, countertops, flooring, fixtures, and appliances – things that make for the perfect dream kitchen!

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Here are a few kitchen expansion ideas to consider.

Kitchen Expansion via a Bump Out

One great affordable solution is the bump out. A bump out consists of bumping out the exterior wall by 24-inches. That’s the maximum space that you can bump out without having to add a foundation and more costs. It might not seem like a lot, but in a small kitchen, it’s a game changer! A 24” bump gives you plenty of space for a wall of cabinets and appliances along with an extra two feet of space in front of them.

This option isn’t always available. For example, if the floor joists run the wrong way. In this scenario, a section of the exterior wall is removed and replaced by a laminated header to support the new roof. The old floor is cantilevered outward, and a new outer wall is built along the perimeter of the new floor. The extension is covered with a small roof, and you gain space without the additional cost of a foundation.

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Borrowing From An Adjacent Room

In some cases, removing the wall enclosing a small breakfast area can extend the length of the kitchen. Adding a breakfast bar and peninsula would accomplish the same function and take up less space.

However, the best expansion solution is removing the wall between the kitchen and an adjacent room like a formal dining room. This sound pricey, but the truth is typically it’s an inexpensive solution. The cost can be as low as a few hundred dollars, and the results can be pretty spectacular. Make sure to work with a qualified design-build remodeler Like Joseph & Berry. Interior walls can be structural carrying walls, and they can hide infrastructure like electrical or plumbing, which may need to be moved increasing the complexity of the job.

Other kitchen expansion ideas include using dead space under a stairwell as a pantry, realigning doors for better flow and relocating windows to maximize cabinet space.

If the flow in the kitchen is tight, one bank of cabinets can be made smaller to increase floor space. If the issue is limited counter space, but you have the room, countertops can be made deeper than the standard 24” depth. Talk to your designer about the viability of these options.

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Hide the Clutter

It should be the first step in any remodeling before you swing a hammer! Clutter can make your space seem smaller and impact functionality. Small kitchens seem to accumulate stuff on the counter because there’s just no place else to put it. Clutter breaks up the lines of your kitchen and can make your room feel small. Efficiently organize your space with built-in storage solutions. Consider adding space saving and organizational items like a lazy susan, appliance garage, or roll out shelving to make your existing space more useful. With a little planning, additional cabinets can add out of sight storage to reduce clutter and open up sight lines. If you have more stuff than storage, it might be time to re-evaluate and move unused items to the basement, attic or garage.

Kitchen Expansion: Opening Up The Room

Partially opening up the wall to an adjacent room doesn’t expand the physical space, but it can create a sense of openness by extending the view and giving the perception of a larger space. Sometimes this simple solution can help, at the very least it allows the cook to feel less confined, plus, everyone knows that cooking is a spectator sport so open the wall and let your guests in!

Often, kitchen expansion is achieved using a combination of these solutions to produce the best result. A small expansion along with careful cabinet placement can make your kitchen more functional without breaking the bank. Add better lighting that emphasizes the rooms horizontal lines and your kitchen will appear bigger than it really is.

If you’re looking for ways to improve the functionality or add space to your existing kitchen, speak with our kitchen designer in our design-build firm. They can assess your current situation and offer creative solutions that are not only affordable but effective! Submit the form and we’ll contact you!

The professionals at Joseph & Berry Remodel Design-Build specialize in luxury kitchen design and are the remodelers of choice for quality design in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex.  Contact us today to schedule your consulting meeting with our professionals! Call us now: (800) 371-8970

How To Avoid Future Problems When Designing a Kitchen Layout

Avoid these all too common mistakes when designing a kitchen layout

Kitchen layout and design have always been part art, part science. While there are plenty of aesthetic choices to make when designing a kitchen, the actual functionality comes down to some hard and fast rules. Every professional designer and design build contractor have at some point had to deal with poor design. Whether it’s due to the home owner’s unwillingness to compromise, or simply an oversight on their part, they’ve pretty much all “been there, done that.”

Think about it for a minute. The kitchen is the one room in the house that truly has multiple functions. We cook, eat, clean, drink and socialize in the kitchen. It’s where we share meals with our families, and where the kids sit after school to do their homework. That’s why it’s the heart of your home and the one room that needs to be beautiful as well as functional.

Regardless of your design style, proper kitchen layout and organization are essential. Avoid these common mistakes to achieve a functional, elegant, and practical kitchen design!

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Obstructing “The Triangle” in Your Kitchen Layout

When designers refer to the kitchen triangle, they are speaking of the relationship and placement of the sink, stove, and refrigerator. This is the area of greatest activity in the kitchen, and it requires careful planning and unobstructed access. The sink sees the most action, and you should have easy access to the refrigerator and stove as well as counter space for chopping and preparing food.

The placement of your sink is somewhat dependent upon your plumbing. If your sink is in an inconvenient location, it’s worth the expense to move it for functionality. No matter what size your kitchen or what shape (L-shape, galley, etc.To) the sum of all three sides of the triangle should not be less than 10 feet or more than 25. If it’s too small, it can be cramped for more than one person. Too large and food prep can be a tedious task.

Inefficient or Wasted Storage Space

Kitchens are usually chock full of stuff! Pots and pans, appliances, dishes, plates, silverware, dry goods and more. It all requires storage and some items like food processors or stand mixers can require a lot of space. Because built-ins can be expensive and overall space may be limited, one major design flaw is not planning for enough storage space. Every kitchen layout has some wasted space, but with a little planning, it can be minimized.

If your kitchen is smaller, consider using extra tall upper cabinets with molding. You can place lighting or plants along the molding to create a focal point. Always include cabinets above the refrigerator. Not including cabinets here is a waste of space. It’s the perfect place to store those large platters that only come when you’re entertaining.

Not Enough Counter Space

One major complaint among many homeowners is a lack of counter space. Considering everything that takes place in the kitchen from food prep, to eating, to homework, plus all of the appliances that live there like the coffee maker and toaster, you’ll need plenty of counter space. Whenever possible, consider a kitchen layout that incorporates an L-shaped counter, or if you have the room, an island.

Inadequate Lighting

Lighting is an essential element in every kitchen. It’s not only about design and ambiance, but you’ll be preparing food using sharp knives and other kitchen utensils. There are three types of lighting you should add when designing your kitchen layout, task, decorative and accent lighting.

Task lighting provides general lighting and should be bright enough to work by. Overhead lights on a dimmer can function as both task lighting and accent or ambient lighting. Accent lighting light pendants or mini pendants over the island or counters can add a pleasant ambiance. Pendants on dimmers can act as both task and decorative lighting. Under-cabinet lighting can not only add a wonderful design element to your kitchen, but it can also illuminate countertops providing additional lighting when working in the kitchen.

Skipping The Back Splash

A backsplash is often a place that homeowners choose to skip to save a little money. Sometimes it’s left out of the planning altogether. This might save you a few bucks in the short term, but in the long-run, it will cost you a lot of time.

The kitchen is full of steam, water, and grease. Putting a backsplash above the cooktop and counters can save you a lot of clean up time and keep your kitchen looking fresh. It’s a lot easier to clean grease off of a backsplash than it is to clean it off a painted or wallpapered surface.

Work With Professionals When Designing Your Kitchen Layout

The best way to avoid these common problems is to work with a professional design build firm. They can assist you with every aspect of your project from the initial design to creating the budget through construction. The designers at Joseph & Berry are on top of all of the latest trends and information available. We work with our clients to understand their lifestyle, needs, and creative vision and then create a plan to help them get there. If you’re planning a kitchen remodel or would like more information, give us a call. We’re always ready to help you achieve your dream!

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Seven Subway Tile Substitutes For a Kitchen Renovation

7 Kitchen Renovation Ideas For Something Other Than A Subway Tile Kitchen Backsplash.

Today, many kitchen designers are using subway tile in their kitchen renovations. A subway tile backsplash offers a clean, modern look and it comes in a variety of colors that can work to create a beautiful focal point in any kitchen. While subway tile is functional and looks great, if you’re looking for something a bit different, yet just as functional, today you have more choices than ever before. From natural stone to beautiful mosaic, to the latest photo-printed glass, the possibilities are almost endless!

Your backsplash is one of the most important elements in your kitchen design. It’s a focal point that is not only functional but can establish the style of your entire room. Whether your backsplash goes to the bottom of your cabinets, all the way to the ceiling, or somewhere in between, the following materials can work to add an exciting, unique look to your kitchen renovation.

The Most Popular Alternatives To Subway Tile for your Kitchen Renovation

While ceramic tile in all its forms remains the most popular choice for a kitchen backsplash, there are many alternative materials that offer the durability and functionality of tile along with a unique look. Your choices range from manmade materials like glass or stainless steel to natural stone. Here are some of the most attractive alternatives to subway tile for your kitchen’s backsplash

  • Tumbled Travertine — Tumbled travertine or tumbled marble is a material which is created by tumbling the stone along with sand to create a softened look. Because each stone tile is unique, these tiles offer a less uniform appearance that can add a strong visual element to your kitchen design.
  • Full Granite — Granite provides a smooth surface that is virtually seamless when created using the same slab as your countertops. It offers a continuous flow from the counter, up and is an excellent look. Other natural and engineered stones like Silestone, Quartz, and soapstone are also common. For a more exotic look consider elegant marble or onyx for your backsplash!

    Full granite backsplash in this modern kitchen remodeling by Joseph & Berry
  • Glass — For a wonderful contemporary look, that’s on the cutting edge of modern design look no further than glass! Glass tile and glass mosaic has been increasing in popularity either as part of a mixed material backsplash. For modern kitchens, a solid slab glass backsplash can be custom made to fit any wall, and it looks stunning!

    Glass backsplash in contemporary kitchen remodel in Dallas by Joseph & Berry
  • Metal — Decorative metal like copper, tin and metal tile is also a growing trend. Metal tiles often come with pressed patterns or sleek patinas that can make them overpowering so be careful.
  • Wood — As long as you avoid the areas behind the sink and cooktop, wood can provide a warm, inviting appearance. For a country or cottage style kitchen renovation, consider a beadboard backsplash for a period look.

    Wood backsplash in transitional kitchen remodeling in Dallas made by Joseph & Berry
  • Stacked Stone – In a rustic kitchen, nothing seems quite as appropriate as a stacked stone backsplash. It can add a real impact and is available in some different stones like slate, marble, bluestone and more.

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Of Course, There Are Other Types of Ceramic Tile…

…besides subway tile! Ceramic tile is easy to install, easy to maintain and easy to clean. It’s available in a wide variety of shapes, styles, sizes, and colors. You can use tile to create patterns, mosaic designs, murals, and abstract designs. While subway tile is a popular trend, with ceramic and porcelain tile you have a wealth of options that can add a unique focal point to your kitchen renovation and design.

The best thing you can do is educate yourself when it comes a time in the kitchen renovation process to choose your backsplash material. Look online, visit tile stores and big box home improvement stores to get gain an understanding of the options available. Then speak with your designer or design-build contractor. They can help to match your taste and style to your kitchen design and narrow your choices.

 

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Should Smart Home Technology Be Part Of Your Remodel?

Smart Home Technology For High-End Remodeling

If you’re planning a home remodel, you owe it to yourself to consider integrating smart home technology and speaking with your designer about how to plan for the new devices coming on the market. With the popularity of Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s HomeKit and Google Home, more and more smart home devices are being released by manufacturers. Lighting, thermostats, window treatments, door locks and home security, are now common but kitchen appliances, televisions, fire alarms, and even vacuums have recently been released. The key to smart home integration devices is knowing what hub to use–the brain of the system– and what kind of home conveniences should be added. With the full range of smart home technologies currently available, it can be difficult to decide where to begin.

The Smart Home Is Becoming More Common

In recent years, smart homes have grown in popularity. In fact, homes that have recently undergone a renovation are twice as likely to have smart home features installed. The largest percentage of these products are related to home security upgrades (25%), but entertainment devices are a close second at 18%.

More interestingly, homeowners are finally starting to feel comfortable with centralized control hubs for their homes, and about 26% of smart home remodels have added the voice-control feature. Of course, homes that add a central control hub are more likely to have five or more smart devices. Currently, only one in ten smart homes has at least five smart components, but with central hubs becoming more popular, homeowners are expanding their smart home capabilities over time.

The Most Common Smart Home Improvements

While home security add-ons hold the largest stake in smart-remodeling, we found that thermostats like Nest tend to be homeowners’ first experience with smart technology. More than half of all thermostats sold and installed in the last two years were smart devices. A new thermostat can be replaced quickly, but it shows that the trend towards smart homes is growing. Talk to your remodeler about implementing of smart home technology before construction to ensure you get a system that fits your lifestyle and integrates into your home design.

With the added level of connectivity, homeowners are more than willing to pick up smart sensors as well as smart-capable fire detection systems. Perhaps the most interesting finding is how many homeowners are suddenly interested in putting cameras in their homes. In the past, using security cameras required some form of record keeping and storage. With smart cameras, consumers are adding cameras to their homes more than ever.

On the entertainment side of things, most homeowners are choosing internet connected smart TVs as well as streaming devices for both movies and music. Many of these devices have added smart capabilities whether owners are aware of them or not. The trend of televisions in master suite bathrooms is one where being able to control channels and volume with your voice from a shower or tub is not just practical but a luxury.

The Least Common Smart Improvements

Equally impressive is the type of upgrades that we do not see often. For instance, nearly all home remodeling involves a change in the lighting of the room. Asking your remodeling professional to use smart lighting devices and bulbs will enable you to control the brightness and color of the light without leaving the couch. The cost of smart bulbs are considerably more than a standard bulb, but they provide a customized ambiance that you control. Smart blinds and window treatments are also becoming more popular and continue to play a significant role in home design.

For those who choose to add smart home technology for safety and security, smart locks, smart doorbells, and window breakage sensors are a growing trend.

Where Smart Homes are Headed

Most homeowners are happy to report that their new smart devices earn reduce energy used for heating and cooling and maximize efficiency. Thermostats have been at the forefront of this movement, but across the board, the point of these products is to make the home more comfortable for the owner, even when the property is unoccupied. These devices are becoming valuable additions to vacation properties and second homes. You can expect to see more and more homeowners adding smart devices as manufacturers stop producing non-smart alternatives. Even without a central control hub, smart options are being widely included as companies like GE, LG, August, Ecobee, Phillips, and Lutron are leading the way in new devices. High-end remodeling clients can be somewhat indifferent about how these smart technologies impact the future resale value of their homes, but early indications are that home buyers are requesting integrated smart home technology more frequently.

Installation of Smart Features

While some smart home upgrades can be done independently, the most successful installations require professional help. From the lighting to the thermostat, you need to know that all of the pieces work together. Coordinating the control of differing systems requires expert knowledge and understanding of how these components work. If a home remodel is in your future, speak with the team at Joseph & Berry about smart home technology. They can help you design your home with an eye towards the brave new world of smart home technology and ensure that your home is smart and beautifully designed.

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Maximize Your Space With A Garage Conversion

Maximize Space With A Garage Conversion

Maximize Space And Home Value With Garage Conversion

If you are looking for a way to enlarge your home without putting out a lot of money for a full blown addition, converting your garage can add up to as much as 600 square feet of additional space. The good news is that you will spend less of your hard earned money than if you build an addition. The bad news is your car may suffer and your neighbors may not like the idea but our professional remodeling services can put your mind at ease that the final project will be appealing to all.

What does A garage conversion involve?

Raising the floor height to allow for insulation over the concrete slab.
Fully insulated walls and ceiling.
Providing heating and cooling for space, either by tying into the house’s main system or adding an independent one.
Opening up the partition wall between your garage and the house to create an open living space.
An electrical service upgrade to accommodate the larger load.
Replacing garage doors with fully insulated stud walls.
Adding windows and doors.

Converting your garage is the perfect option for people who want add more space without going through a major home renovation. Our design-build team will use our expertise and vast knowledge to create a space you are proud to show off. We will work hard to make sure your garage does not look like a garage but rather an inviting space for friends and family. Not to mention that adding square footage increases the value of your property!

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Attaining The Perfect Home Remodel | A Planning and Process Guide

Perfect Home Remodel | Planning & Process Guide Are You Planning a Home Remodel? Here Are Some Tips to Get You There Successfully!

Perfect Home Remodel | Planning & Process Guide
Perfect Home Remodel | Planning & Process Guide

A home remodel can be a bit overwhelming. It’s a complex job filled with product and color choices along with the task of maintaining a budget and finding the right design build firm to complete the work, Perfect Home Remodel | Planning & Process Guide

Whether you’re considering a kitchen remodel, creating the perfect master suite, or adding an addition, with planning, research, a developed creative vision, and the right contractor, you can complete your project successfully and create the perfect space for you and your family to enjoy for many years to come.

The following steps can help you to plan and execute a successful home remodel.

FIRST, DEVELOP YOUR CREATIVE VISION

Even before you seek out a contractor, have a plan. Start to develop a creative vision for your project. Your entire project from planning, design, and budget comes down to your knowing exactly what you want at the beginning of the project. Be prepared to answer questions like the following;

  • What is the overall style you are looking to achieve? Choose something you’ll want to live with for years to come. (Traditional, Contemporary, Country, Vintage)
  • Will I need an addition or is my current footprint large enough? (Where will you put that soaking tub?)
  • Am I looking for the best materials and appliances or will the standard be good enough? (6 burner Wolf cook top with in-wall oven or 4 burners GE Cafe range?)
  • Will my home remodel require taking down walls and moving the kitchen or bathroom locations? (Moving mechanical systems will add to the cost.)
  • What type of flooring fits your lifestyle and aesthetic? Hardwood, natural stone tile, carpet?)
  • Are you seeking a statement home with custom exotic wood kitchen cabinets with a hand rubbed finish or something more conventional?

Make a master file and start clipping photos of spaces that you like regarding design, style, and décor. Go through home, design and architecture magazines. You can also do a lot of the work online. Sites like Houzz allow you to create digital “Idea-books” that you can fill with relevant photos from the site.

This pre-planning research can work in your favor when you begin the process of building your team. By giving your designer your master folder, you can develop a commonality of vision and language right from the beginning of your project. By choosing “must have” elements from your files, you can begin to develop your budget. Your designer may have ideas that can meet your aesthetic needs while keeping you within your budget.

WORK WITH A PROFESSIONAL DESIGNER

To successfully execute a major home remodel you need a detailed plan and scope of work. Hiring an architect, interior designer, or better yet, a design-build firm is a significant step in the process. Each can play a role in your project.

While every company does things a little differently, many designers work on projects that don’t involve major structural work. They can also offer assistance with materials and colors. Architects may take on a large range of work, or specialize for example only working on floor plans and permits leaving the electrical plans and plumbing to the contractor.

Choosing to work with a full-service design/build firm can mean a single source for your entire project. A design/build firm handles every phase of your project all in-house from the physical design of your space to planning and permitting, creating a realistic budget, construction and even interior design. When you’re considering your project, look at all of the possibilities, including hiring a design/build firm!

Perfect Home Remodel | Planning & Process Guide
Perfect Home Remodel | Planning & Process Guide

SELECTING THE RIGHT TEAM FOR YOUR HOME REMODEL

Hiring the right people can often be the difference between a smooth, minimally disruptive home remodel and a major disruptive project that can turn ugly! When interviewing firms, there are several things to take into consideration before you sign a contract. The process of vetting can take several weeks depending on how many companies you are interviewing. Make sure you are prepared before any meetings. Have a good idea of what you are looking to accomplish, have a general budget in mind and develop a list of relevant questions to ask each prospect.

You will usually start with an in-person meeting. This is your opportunity to understand the services that each firm offers and make sure they understand your aesthetics and creative vision. It is critical that you have a budget in mind and that you can communicate your expectations to the firm you hire. Make sure you feel comfortable with anyone you choose to work with. Having a good rapport in the interview process is a good first step.

Remember, depending on the scope of work, the workers from the company you choose will be in your home for some time. Working with a company that you can communicate with, understands your needs and design style and can keep disruption to your home to a minimum can go a long way towards a successful project!

If live in the Dallas/Forth Worth Metroplex and you’re planning a home remodel, give the professionals at Joseph & Berry a call! We’re here to help you design a home that will meet your needs for years to come.

Perfect Home Remodel | Planning & Process Guide

Wine Cellar Construction | Keeping Your Collection Safe in Texas

Wine cellar construction tips for home collections

Wine Cellar Construction
Wine Cellar Construction

Wine Cellar Construction ,Heat is enemy number one for wine, and temperatures higher than 70° F will age a wine more quickly than is preferable. With a record high of 113° F, and an average daily high of 77° F, the greater Dallas, TX area is an ideal one for installing a wine cellar in your home. Proper wine cellar construction is crucial for your collection.

WHERE TO PUT A WINE CELLAR

The ideal temperature for wine storage is 55-57° F, and 55-75% humidity. The closer you can get to optimal temperature without too much artificial cooling, the better. Typically, a wine cellar is best built in a basement, as it’s cooler. If your home lacks a basement, it’s still possible to construct one above ground, but you’ll need a larger-size cooling unit. A dry environment also requires more frequent introduction of humidity. In general, a wine cellar should be located where there’s adequate ventilation, no direct sunlight or heat, and at least one external wall.

If you’ve dreamed of building a wine cellar in your greater Dallas, TX area home, here’s what you need to know to bring your vision to fruition.

CRUCIAL ROLE OF THE VAPOR BARRIER

Frequent or sudden fluctuations in wine cellar temperature and humidity are detrimental to the aging process of wine: the resulting excessive oxidation makes wine turn bitter before it can achieve its peak taste. That’s why it’s important to ensure your wine cellar keeps the ambient temperature inside lower than the area outside it. A vapor barrier separates the two environments. On interior walls, a vapor barrier is created by wrapping polyethylene around the studs and applying it to the surface behind the insulation.

INSULATION DURING WINE CELLAR CONSTRUCTION

Think of your wine cellar as a room-sized refrigerator. Proper insulation is key to controlling the temperature and protecting your walls and ceiling, as well as your wine. Thick insulation – a minimum R-22 rating – is best for interior and exterior walls. A minimum rating of R-32 is best for the ceiling. If the walls are concrete, blown-in insulation is recommended, and if the floor might have an impact on the room’s temperature, insulation there should also be considered.

CELLAR WALL AND CEILING COVERING

The wine cellar’s interior wall and ceiling is determined by the overall theme of your cellar. Regular drywall is typically adequate, but if you have humidity concerns, consider moisture-resistant drywall instead. Always use a low VOC latex-based paint to prime and paint the walls and ceiling. If you prefer the look of redwood tongue and groove material, be sure to use rot-resistant wood. Never use cedar, as its strong aroma will taint the wine. Some people also use granite or other stone as a wall covering.
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CELLAR FLOORING

All types of flooring are used in wine cellars, with the most common being tile, slate, hardwood, marble, and concrete. Never use carpet, as it will mold in the cool, damp conditions. Choose flooring that matches your overall theme and make sure it’s applied to a level surface.

CELLAR DOORS

For proper temperature and humidity control, wine cellars need to be a sealed environment. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a continually running cooling unit, which shortens its life and increases your energy costs. Use an exterior grade door with weather stripping on all four sides. Some environmentally minded homeowners choose reclaimed wine barrel doors.

CHOOSING AND PLACEMENT OF COOLING UNIT

How large a cooling unit you’ll need depends on your wine cellar construction, cellar size, the ambient climate, construction plans, and more. Ideally, it should be mounted on an interior wall. A wood frame is typically constructed to hold the unit, which on average weighs between 50 and 120 pounds. At Joseph & Berry, we’ll help you find the cooling unit that’s right for your cellar.

VENTING

Ventilation keeps your cellar at the optimum temperature. The cooling unit blows cool air into the cellar, which then pushes warm air to the ceiling. That warm air must be moved to a properly-sized exhaust room, or the wine cellar temperature will get too hot. The ideal exhaust room has a fresh air intake that regulates temperature and provides continuous air flow.

WINE RACKS

Racking varies widely, but common woods include redwood and mahogany, as well as reclaimed wine barrels. All are resistant to rot in a cool, damp environment. Some people prefer wire lattice, modular storage, or fully customized wine racks. It all depends on your budget and the overall look you want your cellar to have.

CELLAR LIGHTING

The goal with any wine cellar lighting is minimal heat output and 0% UV rays. A recessed ceiling can lights are popular wine cellar choices, and they should be put on dimmers to control brightness. Timers and motion detectors can also help avoid having the lights left on, which can heat up the cellar over time. LED rope lighting is an attractive choice for highlighting racks.

At Joseph and Berry, we work with homeowners through every step of the wine cellar construction processfrom planning and budgeting through the design and execution of your project. Let us help you create your custom wine cellar! Contact us to schedule an appointment for a design consultation!

 

Celler wall image by akariganphotos courtesy of Flickr

11 Things to Consider When Planning an Outdoor Kitchen

11 Things Consider When Planning an Outdoor Kitchen

11 Things Consider  Planning Outdoor Kitchen ,An outdoor kitchen is one of the most popular remodeling projects that homeowners are incorporating into their homes. While cooking outdoors is not a new concept, an outdoor kitchen takes it to the next level. Equipped with cooking appliances, stunning weatherproof countertops, seating, refrigeration, and storage, this home improvement project elevates both your culinary and entertaining experience, while sophisticatedly enhancing your backyard.

While planning an outdoor kitchen is exciting, it can also be overwhelming and a bit intimidating. There are so many

 

different outdoor kitchen ideas and components to consider, all while making sure the entire project fits into your budget and available backyard space. Although you may not be able to get every item on your wish list, you don’t want to overlook something important only to wish that you thought of it while planning. Luckily, there is no wrong or right way to plan an outdoor kitchen. However, there are certain considerations that you want to make during the course of planning. Here is a checklist to help guide you as you create the blueprint for the perfect outdoor living space for your needs.

1. SEATING

Of all the different parts of your kitchen, seating is one of the most important ones to consider. After all, once your remodeling contractor has completed your outdoor kitchen, you’ll be eager to send out your first evite for a backyard party; and your guests will need somewhere to sit. No matter how awesome your grill is, not everyone is going to want to stand around it while you cook. Instead, make space in your plan for outdoor living furniture or ask your remodeling company about including a built-in bar with bar seating.

2. WEATHER

Especially in Texas where the weather is not exactly predictable, you need to be prepared for every environmental situation – rain or shine, hot or cold. In order to enjoy your outdoor kitchen no matter what Mother Nature throws at you, including a shady area somewhere in the design. A patio cover or gazebo is a stylish way to keep your kitchen and guests sheltered from harsh sunlight and rain.

Like all home remodeling projects, building an outdoor kitchen is an investment. After all of the time and money that you spend planning the design and layout, you want to be able to use it beyond just a few months in the year. A heat source, such as permanent or portable space heaters, allows you to extend the season for enjoying your outdoor kitchen into even the cooler months. Depending on the style of your backyard, a built-in fire pit or outdoor fireplace are also great options that add character while keeping you and your guests warm and cozy.

Tip: While shopping for outdoor living furniture, look for an ottoman or seating with built-in storage. Throw in a few blankets to have handy when you’re entertaining in the fall and winter months.

11 Things Consider  Planning Outdoor Kitchen

3. COOKING

What are you going to cook in your outdoor kitchen? Your answer to this question can help you prioritize the kitchen appliances that you’d like to include in your design. For example, if you don’t plan on preparing gourmet meals for large groups, you probably don’t need state-of-the-art equipment built in. That being said, don’t to limit yourself to just a grill either. Pizza ovens, refrigerators, and Kamado style cookers are all wonderful options that allow you to prepare a wide variety of foods. If you don’t plan on preparing food at all, leave out the big appliances and spend your budget on built-in refrigeration, an ice maker, counter space, and bar seating where you can prepare and serve cold drinks and finger foods.

If you plan on using smaller countertop appliances, such as a blender, juicer, toaster, or convection oven, be sure to inform your home renovation contractor so they know to include enough electrical outlets that are easily accessible.

 

Don’t miss the second part of our 11 Things to Consider When Planning an Outdoor Kitchen next week!

11 Things Consider Planning Outdoor Kitchen